Last week, in a blog for Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky griped about a joke made at her expense by Natasha Lyonne’s character in Season 1, Episode 11 of Orange is the New Black. Nichols advises Daya, in the handling of her trumped up harassment charges against Pornstache that she must, “Lewinsky this shit” to properly frame him. Writes Monica of hearing the line mid-binge:
“I did what I usually do in these situations where the culture throws me a shard of my former self. After the cringing embarrassment, the whiff of shame, and the sense that I am no longer an agent running my own life, I shuddered, I got up off the sofa, and I turned it off.”
And she never returned to it again. Recently, E! Online caught up with some of the cast members of the series so that Mark Malkin could pry out of them some words for Monica.
“Isn’t that like the greatest form of flattery, when you become…?” Taylor Schilling began before backtracking to apologize. “I totally, I apologize, Monica Lewinsky, for the show — honestly. If you were offended, nobody wants to offend anyone.”
Other lovable cast responses include:
Uzo Aduba: “The beauty of television and America is that you have the right to do whatever it is you want to do.”
Natasha Lyonne: “Lewinsky, we love you alright? Take it easy.”
Kate Mulgrew: “I once sat next to her at a restaurant. I’d never seen such absolutely exquisite skin in my life. Beautiful. Monica Lewinsky, you have beautiful skin.”
Jenji Kohan: “You can’t take this too seriously, and I’m sorry she stopped watching. She should watch! I’m a fan! I liked her handbags! Have a sense of humor about it. This happened. Own it.”
And Lea DeLaria and Jason Biggs essentially both relied on the other 49,999,999 viewers to get them through this difficult emotional time. We wonder if she still manages to shudder her way through the Beyonce self-titled album?
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